Improv Fabric Blog Tour

I was so happy to be asked to join this Blog Tour promoting Amy Friend’s FIRST fabric line of modern blenders, Improv! You can read more about it and also a great interview with Amy on the Bernatex blog.

When I first looked at these fabrics and the delicate colors of peach and citron stood out to me. The delicate colors made me think of the wispiness of hydrangeas in a summer garden. Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers and were even the base of my wedding bouquet (only the more fall colors of a dried hydrangea…plums, golds, olives)! My husband, an avid gardener, has planted more varieties in our garden than I even realized existed!

With hydrangeas on my mind, I chose to work with several of the white fabrics for the hydrangea flower, with the leaves in Citron and background in Peach, both in the same print.

The citron green of this fabric against the greens of nature feels almost electric, doesn’t it?! That shade is one of my very favorite green colors!

Once I created my pattern, I began to cut out flowers, leaves and a stem from the fabric, as you can see here:

And after appliquéing, embroidering and embellishing, here is my finished project!

This is a large 14″ hoop that I painted a pale grey to match the grey in the white fabrics.

Looking even closer, you can see the various stitches that I used. I also added a smattering of champagne sequins between the hydrangea petals to further emphasize the wispiness of the flower.

And how about one more full view?!

Thanks so much for following along and be sure to check out the other projects from this week!

And don’t forget to leave a comment on my Instagram post for your chance to win a bundle of these fabrics!

Tuesday: Stephanie @Spontaneous Threads
Wednesday: Sharon @ColorGirlQuilts
Thursday: Charise @ChariseCreates
Friday: Nichole @wildboho
Saturday: AnneMarie @GenXQuilters

 

 

 

PinGame and Workshops

How strong is your PinGame?!

Enamel Pins are so much fun to collect and I’m so excited to share the first of my wildboho pins with you! This one is for all of you stitchers out there…especially those of you stitching along with the Boho Stitch Along this year!

Here are a few glamour shots and you can check out the brand new Embroidery Hoop pin in my Etsy shop.


And now for a new Fall Workshop…

Are you going to be in the Lancaster, PA area in November and want to try your hand at Boho Collage and Embroidery?

I’m going to be teaching at The Old Country Store in Intercourse, PA on November 18th . You can view more details and sign up here.


And don’t forget, I’ll be in Shaftsbury, Vermont at the Wing And a Prayer Farm on August 5th. You can view more details for that class here.

So that’s the latest! Have a great weekend and happy stitching!

Red Thread Studio Interview

I’m popping in to let you all know that i’m the Featured Designer at Red Thread Studio this month! You can check out the interview and while you’re there, check out the great selection of embroidery supplies INCLUDING the Cosmo Shabon-Dama thread that some of you were looking for but couldn’t find here in the US! I’m super excited to know that Jen is now carrying that!


One more bit of stitchery (including a coupon!) is this beautiful pair of scissors that I received from Warm Crochet to test out! With the coupon code “wildboho” you can receive 10% off of your own pair.


Shown in the picture is the Red Bronze color, but you can check out the other colors available! These have nice and tiny (and sharp!) tips, which are great for cutting little embroidery threads!

Boho Stitch Along. Week no. 18

Welcome back for Week no. 18! If you are just beginning a piece for the #BohoSAL, check out my previous posts here. And if you are new to embroidery and want to learn the basics, check out my embroidery book, Boho Embroidery for everything you need to get started!


My stitch Along piece this week went from just a simple (very pretty!) piece of fabric to a completely embellished piece of art in the span of just 5 days… much quicker than I normally stitch a project like this!

Here’s how I began, just one week ago:



And here’s the back, or the #hoopguts (!) and I promise I will show you the completed front very, very soon!

The month of May feels like a blur and it hasn’t even started yet, but I have several projects on the horizon that I can’t wait to share with you!

Enjoy these last days of April and Happy Stitching!

Boho Stitch Along. Week no. 14

Welcome back for Week no. 14! If you are just beginning a piece for the #BohoSAL, check out my previous posts here. And if you are new to embroidery and want to learn the basics, check out my embroidery book, Boho Embroidery for everything you need to get started!


Happy April! I think Spring might finally be headed our way!

For my stitch along piece this week, I picked up my Anna Maria Horner “Fibs and Fables” hoop again. I’m thoroughly enjoying the slow pace of stitching this large hoop. I am in no rush to finish, like I am many of my projects, so I can take my time deciding where to go next with the embroidery!

This week I decided to add texture in the form of beads to this tree.

I just love how it turned out and I’m debating on whether I want to add more beads to this hoop or leave this as a stand alone piece of texture. The brilliant thing?? I don’t have to decide right away, do I?!

I hope you are all enjoying the slow pace of stitching your Boho Stitch Along hoop too!


I spent time at Pennington Quilt Works in Pennington, NJ this weekend teaching a Boho Embroidery workshop and had such a nice time with a really fun group of ladies! I love that everyone comes to a workshop with completely different crafting backgrounds: some have never embroidered while others have an embroidery background but dabbled in so many other things that embroidery was pushed out of the way for a while. I really enjoy watching each person form a connection with embroidery.



Have a great week stitching!

-nichole

Boho Stitch Along. Week no. 5

Welcome back for Week no. 5! If you are just beginning a piece for the #BohoSAL, check out my previous posts here. And if you are new to embroidery and want to learn the basics, check out my embroidery book, Boho Embroidery for everything you need to get started!


I think it might be fair to say that I kind of, sort of, okay….maybe a lot, really, really like Alison Glass fabric! It lends itself to the sort of Boho Embroidery that I just love to do. Also, you can’t go wrong with a color palette of fuchsias, plums, mustards, greys, citrons, etc….I could seriously go on and on and fangirl like crazy, but I should stop myself and just let you check out more of her fabric lines (here) at the Andover Fabrics site!

Let’s check out some of the great Alison Glass projects that are being stitched up this week!

@thequiltingcats has started stitching the mountains on this piece of Abacus fabric. I love her green variation and this black and white fabric is just begging to be stitched on, isn’t it?!

Here’s another Abacus fabric being stitched up by @mlourim99. How amazing are the red flowers?! I’m also loving the oranges and blues on the moth…can’t wait to see that one all stitched up!

And one more from the Abacus fabric being stitched up by @nightquilter. I love how each of these projects uses fabric from the same line, and yet they are completely different from one another!

And in case you weren’t sure how much I love Alison Glass fabrics, here are a few projects that I have done in the past using them!!!

I’ll start with a piece that I’m currently working on for the Boho Stitch Along using an orange piece from the brand new Sunprints 2017 collection:






I told you I liked her fabric!!!!

Remember to keep tagging your Boho Stitch Along projects with the #BohoSAL tag so we can see your progress and inspire one another! I’m thinking next week I might feature the projects who are using another of my favorite designers, Anna Maria Horner! So, if you are stitching on an AMH fabric, tag it and I’ll probably feature it here!

And one more thing before I leave you today….

How about this post from @weatherkim who was at a workshop that I taught at Pennington Quilt Works in NJ yesterday. What a fun bunch of ladies and gorgeous projects that are being stitched up! If you are in the area, i’ll be teaching another workshop there in April!!

Have fun stitching this week!

 

 

Boho Stitch Along. Week no. 3

Welcome back for Week no. 3! If you are just beginning a piece for the #BohoSAL, check out my previous posts here. And if you are new to embroidery and want to learn the basics, check out my embroidery book, Boho Embroidery for everything you need to get started!

I finished up a big project on Friday and start a new one on Monday, so these are the stitches that I worked on while in between projects. Lots of Lazy Daisy petals, Fern Stitches and French Knots.

This is the perfect stitching for my palette cleansing between larger projects!

Let’s jump into sharing some of the beautiful projects that are filling up the #BohoSAL feed on Instagram!

If you’ve been following along with my own stitchery on Instagram, you’ll know I love a good Alison Glass fabric! I’m excited to watch @thequiltingcats make progress on this hoop using fabric from the Abacus  fabric line. Those snow capped mountains!!

I love that @quilted_nor_easter is practicing the Sheaf Stitch (In two different colors!!) on these X’s. This also happens to be one of my favorite Mod Corsage prints from Anna Maria Horner.


I’ve been enjoying watching this patchwork piece take shape from @stitchalongwithjen. I love a good random patchwork design and this one is just so colorful and fun!

How cool is this idea?! @grammalissa is using a random number generator to chose each color that gets added to her stitching! What fun!

@weatherkim has been working through the stitches in Boho Embroidery and posting her progress with each stitch. The Tied Herringbone stitch in yellow and pink just pops on this fabric!

I love the accent stitching that @studioloo is adding to her floral print fabric. And check out her latest pics…my favorite color, teal, makes a lovely appearance!

This is one of two pieces that @nataskiii is working on for her #BohoSAL and I think the satin stitching might be my favorite part of this one!

I’m seeing so many new stitchers just now joining this Stitch Along, so continue sharing your progress with your friends and have them join in too!

This unstructured-stitch-whatever-you-can-each-week-Stitchalong is perfect for joining in during whatever week we are currently on! Grab a piece of fabric that you like, hoop it up and practice a new stitch. See where that takes you and you will continue to be inspired by all of the projects that are being stitched up this year!

Happy Stitching this week!

 

 

 

 

Boho Stitch Along. Week No. 2

The Boho Stitch Along is picking up more momentum every day! It is so exciting to see how many brand new embroiderers are joining in and choosing fabrics that are inspiring them to stitch! We also have many seasoned embroiderers who are picking up embroidery again after time spent delving into other crafty avenues.

One question that I noticed come up several times, is whether or not I use a stabilizer on fabric that I am embroidering. This is partially up to your personal choice and partially up to the fabric that you have chosen to embroider.

I have found that most quilting cottons and chambrays and linens can hold up to embroidery without stabilizing. When I get an idea and want to run with it, I seldom let myself get caught up in the extra step of stabilizing fabric, so it is very rare that I use it on any of these fabrics. If you want to and feel more comfortable stitching on a stabilized fabric, by all means, use a stabilizer!

If you have chosen a knit fabric, however, or a loosely woven fabric, you will definitely save yourself many headaches if you take the extra time to add a stabilizer.

Here is an example of a project that I am going to stitch and I am going to use a stabilizer. This is a tea towel from my visit to Magnolia Market in Waco (yes, I was there and yes, it’s just as awesome as I hoped it would be!!) In this picture, the hoop is placed around the towel, but I haven’t stretched the towel enough to be able to embroider it comfortably. If I try to stretch the towel so that the fabric is taut enough to embroider, the writing becomes stretched out, the flowers become misshapen and it looses something in the process. If I stabilize it, it will allow me to stretch it in the hoop without any of that happening.

So when you are deciding whether or not to stabilize, test out your fabric in a hoop. When you stretch it tight, does the pattern change? If it does, take the extra step pre-stitching and you will be happy that you did!

Now, let’s check out some of these fabric choices pulled from the #BohoSAL tag on Instagram!

I love how @sewwhatyoulove is using textured threads to add a dimensional element to this batik!

There are so many fun directions that @codycindy can go with this fabric choice!

 

How adorable are these little stars that @reccalynn70 is adding to her fabric?!

I’ve been dying to embroider this fabric, so i’m excited to see where @indiannadreams goes with this!

Also love this citron fabric that @mtweedel decided to use!

You know my weakness for Cotton + Steel anything, so again, great fabric choice from @mamacesare !

It seems as if everyone has chosen their fabrics and are now onto the beginning stitches, so it will be fun to see how these projects begin to take shape!

Happy stitching this week and be sure to leave any questions in the comments and I will try to address them next time!

 

 

Boho Stitch Along 

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You may recognize this hoop from several of my posts over the last year; it is my in-between big projects hoop. This hoop is something that I’m been stitching just for me. There are no due dates looming, no color choices to run past anyone….it is completely relaxing and one of my favorite pieces!

This year, I invite you to stitch along with me….Boho style!

What do you need?

How about we start with what you don’t need! You don’t need to have advanced embroidery skills. You don’t need a specific pattern. You don’t need to meet deadlines. This is a carefree Boho challenge!

So, what do you need?

The key item is a piece of fabric that you love. After all, you will be looking at this piece for a good deal of time. An embroidery hoop that works with your fabric…you determine the best size. A selection of thread/floss, embroidery needles, small scissors. And there you have it!

And what is the challenge?

With the fabric you have selected, you will gradually, throughout the year, embroider your piece. This is a great opportunity to practice new stitches and also work with stitches that you love. Sharing your progress with others will keep you motivated and you may even pick up some ideas from others! You may have only a few minutes a week, in between other things, but that is the most enjoyable part of a project like this. By the end of the year, working in little bits of time, you should have a project that is as complete as you want it to be!

I will post my first picture on Sunday, January 1st and I invite you to post with me! Use the hashtag #BohoSAL and I will post some of my favorites here every month. I will post my own progress every Sunday throughout the year, but you pick to post when it works for you. Again, this is a carefree challenge, so no deadlines!
If you have been following along with my page for awhile, and want to learn embroidery, this is the perfect project for you! I’m here to answer any questions, and oh, did I mention that I wrote an embroidery book?! In it, along with color and pattern inspiration, I show you how to stitch 16 embroidery stitches that work great with embellishing fabric.
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So, January 1st starts a very Boho sort of embroidery challenge! I’ll see you then!